Huffington Post contributor Jason Fuller recently authored an op-ed that received some intense backlash from its early readers. It appears that Fuller went too far, even for the liberal news site.
In a piece that has since been removed, though a saved version can be viewed, Fuller writes that President Trump “must be prosecuted for treason — and if convicted in a court of law — executed.” He then calls for “everyone assisting in his agenda” to receive the same fate.
It’s stunning that the article was even written, let alone published. But the Huffington Post has a history of making poor editorial judgements, so it should come as little surprise. You would think that a piece giddily promoting the “ultimate punishment” for political opponents would’ve put it on a one-way trajectory to the garbage, but instead of promoting responsible journalism, it appears that HuffPo wanted to get clicks instead. And the piece only got worse the further one read.
To that point, Trump wasn’t the only Republican Fuller believes should be executed. He also specifically named “Steve Bannon, Kellyanne Conway, Mitch McConnell, Paul Ryan, and Vice President Pence”. Falling back on his dubious notion of having the moral high ground, he appeared to be delighted with the thought of dead conservatives — embracing as much depraved and and cruel imagery as one could muster in such a short column.
Fuller further stated: “There is very little doubt left that Trump and his team colluded with members of the Russian government to try and rig the election in his favor, even if the Russians did not outright hack the voting process itself; while we may not yet have 100% incontrovertible proof of their collusion, the administration’s attempts to hide previous contacts with the Russians, their willingness to blatantly lie about their communications, and the contents of Trump’s meetings with former FBI director Comey are all incriminating on their own.”
This shocking claim comes on the heels of James Comey’s sworn testimony that he personally offered “assurance” to Trump that he wasn’t under investigation, and just days before the well-publicized shooting of Representative Steve Scalise (R-LA) and others on a Virginia baseball field. In light of these recent events, extremist language is on the radar of authorities as they attempt to dissuade political terrorism.
The horrific shooting was the likely reason Fuller’s article was pulled from HuffPo, as it was yanked almost immediately after. And if you visit it now, you will only receive a statement that the work is no longer available. What you will still find there, however, is a public profile in which he prides himself on “Working to bring about the best in America, both on-line and off.” He also ironically portrays himself as a man waging a war against bullying and extremism.
Though his original article was pulled, you can read Fuller’s full response to the controversy on Medium, where he doubles-down on his previous statements. Not surprisingly, he has faced a second backlash as a result — and rightly so. This kind of violent rhetoric should always be denounced.